PhD Religions and Theology / Careers

Year of entry: 2022

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Career opportunities

Many of our Religions and Theology PhD graduates have gone on to leading academic positions in countries such as the UK, USA, South Korea, Australia, Burundi and South Africa.

Among past PhD graduates are Morna Hooker, Donald Hagner, W Ward Gasque, Robert Gundry, Itumeleng Mosala, Quek Swee Hwa, Seyoon Kim, Ronald Fung, Moises Silva, Charles Wanamaker, David Wenham, Peter O'Brien and Peter H Davids.

Recently, our PhD graduates have gone on to become department heads, post-doctoral fellows, principles and professors at leading institutions in the UK, Canada and Burundi, as well as going on to positions the John Rylands Research Institute, and with leading European research projects.

Through this PhD, you will develop research skills valuable for careers other than academic teaching. Many professions today require investigative skills, while some in the media spend time researching angles of events that relate to religions. Others in the health service investigate the experiences of various cultural groups in accessing services, and many in museums, libraries and other archives require the textual and historical research skills that our courses teach.

To read about careers that our PhD graduates have followed, see our Careers Page .

PhD study in Religions and Theology gives you a high level qualification for a wide range of investigative tasks. More broadly, careers in a wide range of fields are available as for all those graduating with PhDs in Humanities subjects.

Whatever employment area you choose, your studies will provide you with transferable skills, as well as enhancing your intellectual and personal development.

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help support you with your goals for the future.